Friday, September 6, 2013

Potato Skins

Tonight, I did grilled chicken, green beans and potatoes.  I decided to make potato skins instead of plain baked potatoes.  My reasons were two fold.  First, my youngest loves potato skins and second, I am making a twice baked potato casserole tomorrow and wanted the extra potato for that recipe.  When I serve these for dinner, I don't dress them up too much, but they can be when served as appetizer.  They are great when you are watching a game!    

Potato Skins:


6 small/med russet potatoes
Vegetable oil
Sea salt
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup melted butter
3 slices of crisp bacon
Parsley flakes for garnish
Sour cream, optional garnish


Preheat oven o 425* F.  Scrub 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Crockpot Tortellini

Today we had our first scout meeting of the year so I knew we would be rushed.  I chose to make a super simple crockpot recipe.  This is a modified recipe based on one that I got 4-5 years ago when I subscribed to eMeals which is a great online weekly menu planner that includes the shopping list that you need to complete the menus.  This is not GF, but I think there are pre-made GF pastas available. 

Crockpot Tortellini:

2 lg cans diced tomatoes
1 lg can crushed tomatoes
1 lg can tomato sauce
1 lg can tomato paste
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp italian seasoning
1 pkg tortellini, family size
1 cup shredded mozzarella 


Mix all ingredients except the tortellini and mozzarella in the crockpot.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours.  Thirty minutes before serving, gently stir in the tortellini and cover all with cheese.  Replace lid and let cook for the last 30 minutes.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Sunday Night Shrimp Boil!

Last night I did an easy peasy dinner.  It took about 45 minutes from start to finish and was a small clean up job :). Everyone in the family loves all the ingredients in a shrimp boil. I modified the Old Bay recipe.  

What did I do?  I didn't put in the sausage as I want to have 2-3 meals without beef, chicken or pork.  I also cut down on the recipe because there are only 4 of us and I didn't want to waste any food.  I also made cole slaw because it just seemed like the right thing to do :)

Sunday Shrimp Boil:

4 quarts of water
1 bottle of beer
1/4 cup Old Bay
1 tbsp salt
2 lg onions quartered
1 small bag of red potatoes, quartered
4 ears of corn cut into thirds
2 lb raw shrimp


In an 8-quart stock pot, bring Old Bay, salt, water and beer to a boil.  Add potatoes and onions; cook over high heat for 13 minutes. Add corn to pot; continue to boil for 7 minutes.  Slowly stir shrimp into the pot and let boil for 4 minutes.  Remove from heat and drain liquid.  Pour the contents of the pot into a large bowl an serve hot!